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Critical Issue: Cybersecurity  

Both small and large manufacturing enterprises are becoming increasingly technology-enabled, and technology-dependent, in the way they run their businesses. All face rising challenges in understanding and responding to a host of new digital vulnerabilities and national regulations. Such cyber threats may take the form of internal disruption, accidental or deliberate, partner network security breaches, and outright external hacking and attack. Protecting a manufacturing company’s most valuable physical, digital and intellectual assets from cyber disruption is now essential to operational continuity and corporate security in today’s digital business world.  

  • Identifying key enterprise vulnerabilities: internal, external, plant floor, partners, suppliers, new technologies, etc.
  • Best practice security strategies for protecting physical, digital and intellectual assets
  • Challenges in compliance with the increasing number of cyber security regulations around the world

Blog Posts

Five Ways Manufacturing Execs Should Lead on Cybersecurity  in Cybersecurity

The one piece of good news coming out of the recent WannaCry ransomeware attack, which infected over 200,000 computers worldwide and at least temporarily crippled hospitals, shops, and schools, is that it does not appear to have directly targeted the control systems on which most manufacturing plants and equipment rely. Although the outbreak did reportedly upend some manufacturing operations—including production at Renault automotive plants in the U.K. and France—the exploit apparently targeted vulnerabilities in some unpatched instances of the Microsoft Windows operating system which is not at the core of most Programmable Logic Control (PLC) systems and Distributed Control Systems (DCS) in production operations at most plants. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on May 19, 2017
Views: 2525
Are Factories of the Future Sailing Into a Perfect Cyber Storm?  in Cybersecurity

In the Manufacturing 4.0 era, navigating the cyber security waters ahead will not simple, and it must not be thought of as an IT problem, Anthony King, Chief Information Security Officer Director, IT Security Operations/Governance, Risk and Compliance at Raytheon Missile Systems, told attendees at the 12th annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit in Carlsbad, CA. Read More →

Posted by Sankara Narayanan Venkataramani on Jun 08, 2016
Views: 7140
Warning: More Manufacturing Cyber Attacks in The Year Ahead  in Cybersecurity

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team warned that cyber attacks aimed at the U.S. critical manufacturing sector doubled in 2015 and are increasingly targeting industrial control systems. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jan 19, 2016
Views: 14559
Manufacturers Beware: Cyber Attackers Now Target Physical Assets  in Cybersecurity

Recently I saw the “The Martian,” the excellent lost-in-space movie thriller directed by Ridley Scott. One of the great things about these kinds of suspense/thriller flicks is how the tension slowly builds. Gradually, as one thing after another goes wrong, you begin to realize the scope and depth of the problems arrayed before the intrepid hero. Potential disaster awaits at every turn. Lately, the issue of cybersecurity is beginning to resemble a movie suspense thriller, with new threats continuously revealing themselves. The problem is that these threats are all too real. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Nov 10, 2015
Views: 14366
Risk Alert: Competitive Cyber Threats Rising for Manufacturing Supply Chains  in Cybersecurity

In its latest Global State of Information Security Survey, consultants PriceWaterhouseCoopers found that the number of detected security breaches across all industries last year leapt to 42.8 million, a massive 48% increase over 2013. Resulting financial losses also rose sharply – up by 34%. Clearly, with greater connectivity across the world’s leading economies, comes an increase in vulnerability to new digital threats. Manufacturers everywhere now need to be more vigilant than ever about protecting their assets and supply networks from this rising tide of risk. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Sep 08, 2015
Views: 15952
The Jeep Cyber Attack: Can We Control Our Connected World?  in Cybersecurity

The warnings about the perils of our increasingly connected world keep coming.This past weekend Fiat Chrysler issued a recall of 1.4 million vehicles after it was revealed that two researchers hacked and took control of a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Burrowing into the Jeep’s entertainment system through a wireless cellular connection, the researchers were able to take control of the Jeep’s steering and braking systems. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Jul 28, 2015
Views: 19074
An Emerging Approach to Industrial Cybersecurity  in Cybersecurity

As manufacturing companies become more reliant on connectivity and smart processes, they are becoming more susceptible to cyber adversaries. To attack the problem and succeed in this new cyber environment, companies need to exercise two of the most important muscles in their organizations—collaboration and change management—and capture the opportunity within the cyber challenge Read More →

Posted by Matthew Doan on May 26, 2015
Views: 16103
The Benefit of the Sony Cyber Attack  in Cybersecurity

If nothing else, the recent cyber attack, apparently by North Korea, against Sony for producing the satiric film “The Interview” should serve to raise to the highest level the issue of cyber protection on the agendas of every board of directors in the manufacturing industry. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Jan 13, 2015
Views: 15994
Manufacturing Cybersecurity: Not Just A China Issue  in Cybersecurity

Manufacturers shouldn’t be distracted by the alleged conduct of any single foreign economic power when it comes to the serious business of cybersecurity. It’s a far bigger problem than that. There are multiple issues involved - and not just for U.S. manufacturing companies. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jun 10, 2013
Views: 10920
Cyber-Security: Do Manufacturers Have a New Opportunity?  in Cybersecurity

It seems like almost every day we are hearing about attacks on computer networks. In just the last few months, cyber-attacks have been reported at Citicorp, Exxon, Shell, Google, PBS, NASA, Fox, Lockheed Martin, and the International Monetary Fund, to name just a few. The type of company or organization doesn't matter. Any company or organization appears to be vulnerable. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Jul 21, 2011
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Views: 7529


CAD in the Cloud? Sorry, It’s Not Happening  in Cybersecurity

Now that many manufacturers are finally embracing cloud enablement of a wider range of systems and data—including salesforce automation, HR, procurement, even ERP—can a migration of core product data and CAD applications to the cloud be far behind? Yes, actually, at least in the opinion of Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO of CAD and PLM supplier PTC. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 12, 2013
Views: 11246
President Resorts to Executive Order on Cybersecurity  in Cybersecurity

Frustrated by Congressional inaction on cyber-security legislation, President Obama has resorted to executive action to protect the nation’s infrastructure. But will it be enough to get the job done? Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Feb 14, 2013
Views: 8611